Are You an Introvert or Extrovert? Take the Quiet Quiz to Find Out

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Are you an introvert, extrovert, or do you fall somewhere in between?

To find out, click the graphic below to take my “Quiet Quiz”, an informal 12 question quiz, adapted from my book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. It’s based on characteristics of introversion commonly accepted by contemporary researchers.

I would love to know where you fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum, so please feel free to leave a comment with your result. And if you know someone who’d benefit from discovering their own personality type, share the quiz with them using one of the buttons below.

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DISCLAIMER:  This is an informal quiz, not a scientifically validated personality test. The questions were formulated based on characteristics of introversion commonly accepted by contemporary researchers. However, its main purpose is to urge you to reflect on your own personality in ways that will inform your reading of later chapters.

The more often you answered “true,” the more introverted you probably are.* If you found yourself with a roughly equal number of “true” and “false” answers, then you may be an ambivert-yes, there really is such a word. But even if you answered every single question as an introvert or extrovert, that doesn’t mean that your behavior is predictable across all circumstances. We can’t say that every introvert is a bookworm or every extrovert wears lampshades at parties any more than we can say that every woman is a natural consensus- builder and every man loves contact sports. As Jung felicitously put it, “There is no such thing as a pure extrovert or a pure introvert. Such a man would be in the lunatic asylum.”


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  1. Rick Calhoun on 13.10.2013 at 18:29 (Reply)

    Twelve of twelve, capital ‘I’ Introvert; currently half way through your book, and would enjoy some quiet time alone to finish it.

  2. Mark on 15.10.2013 at 18:17 (Reply)

    I read something interesting the other day which said that introversion means you are internally driven, and extroversion means you need other people around you to get motivated.

    It has nothing to do with being shy or quiet.

    For example to be a rock musician you need to be an introvert in order to master your instrument. But you’d never accuse Keef Richards or Ronnie Wood as being quiet or shy guys.

  3. Lisa on 20.10.2013 at 23:06 (Reply)

    I have to say, I was intrigued when I first saw the link for the test (maybe all those years of women’s magazine quizes? maybe because I am introspective?) until I realized, anyone taking this quiz already knows if they are an introvert or not – right? It’s like taking a quiz to see if you are afraid of heights.

  4. Sasha Jaramillo on 17.01.2014 at 10:54 (Reply)

    I am a high school teacher, and I would love to use this quiz at an upcoming staff development session. May I have permission to reproduce the questions and results? Thank you so much!

    (By the way, Quiet was a validation of how I work and play. I have recommended it to fellow introverts in hopes that they, too, will realize that there’s nothing wrong with them, and I’ve recommended it to extroverts so that they can better understand their quieter friends and colleagues.)

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